Capitol Notes There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.

Most Recent Episodes

Analyst: Governor Walker's Future, Place in Wisconsin History

UPDATE: Gov. Walker made his first comments to reporters on Thursday (Nov. 15), after losing his reelection bid. He promised he wouldn't "retreat." Walker also signaled potential support for a variety of Republican-backed efforts to limit the power of his Democratic successor, including moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary. ORIGINAL STORY: Now that Gov. Walker has lost his bid for re-election, some people are curious about the Republican's future and his legacy. UW-Milwaukee

Capitol Notes: Challenges For Governor-Elect Evers

Last week, Tony Evers cleared a huge hurdle, winning the race for governor. But the Democrat's biggest challenges are to come. The first is within a few months when Evers will have to present his first biennial budget proposal. According to a Wisconsin Policy Forum report , he'll have to find $2 billion just to keep current programs in place. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, JR Ross of Wispolitics.com talks about whether that shortfall comes as a surprise, and how Evers might be able

Capitol Notes: Walker Concedes, Evers Faces Gridlock With Republican Legislature

Gov. Scott Walker conceded to Democratic challenger Tony Evers Wednesday after Evers won the election by just more than 1 percentage point. Walker originally wanted to wait until military ballots were counted and the official canvass was completed. He also expressed concern about 2,000 absentee ballots in Milwaukee that were reconstructed due to errors or damage. If the tally had brought Walker within 1 percent of Evers, Walker could have asked for a recount. But on Wednesday, the Walker

Capitol Notes: Walker Concedes, Evers Faces Gridlock With Republican Legislature

Capitol Notes: Gubernatorial Candidates Make Final Pitches, Will The State Senate Flip?

After weeks of attack ads and mailings, the candidates for Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senate spent the weekend barnstorming the state, making their final appeals to voters before Tuesday's election. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, what points the candidates wanted to hammer home, in their closing arguments.

Capitol Notes: Gubernatorial Candidates Make Final Pitches, Will The State Senate Flip?

Capitol Notes: Did The Gubernatorial Debates Sway Voters?

Gov, Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers, squared off for their second and final debate Friday night, before the Nov. 6 election. The candidates debated health care, education, immigration and the economy — and repeated the same arguments they've consistently made throughout the campaign. Walker and Evers are locked in a tight race, with roughly a week to go until the election. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com,

Capitol Notes: Walker, Evers Refute Charges of Plagiarism, Lack of Integrity

Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers, traded barbs in their first debate Friday night over taxes, health care and education. But, the candidates also found themselves addressing some bombshells that dropped earlier in the week. Walker accused Evers of plagiarizing parts of his budget proposals as head of the Department of Public Instruction. At the same time, Walker faced heavy criticism from some former cabinet secretaries, who signed an open letter saying the Walker

Capitol Notes: Walker, Evers Refute Charges of Plagiarism, Lack of Integrity

Capitol Notes: The Takeaways From The Baldwin-Vukmir Debates

Last week saw two debates between Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir. Both debates were characterized by tension and hostility as the two clashed over abortion, immigration, health care and a host of other issues. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com why he thought the debates were so combative.

Capitol Notes: Will Johnson, Baldwin Suffer Consequences From Kavanaugh Vote?

After a bitter fight that culminated in sexual assault accusations and an FBI investigation, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now Justice Kavanaugh. The U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh over the weekend and he was then sworn in to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Wisconsin's U.S. senators split on the matter, with Republican Ron Johnson voting yes and Democrat Tammy Baldwin voting no to confirmation. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com,

Capitol Notes: Will Johnson, Baldwin Suffer Consequences From Kavanaugh Vote?

Capitol Notes: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Vukmir Pledges Unabashed Support For Kavanaugh

The Kavanaugh hearings took center stage last week in Washington, and both candidates is Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race weighed in on President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin asked for an FBI investigation into claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when the two were teenagers. Baldwin's Republican challenger Leah Vukmir, meanwhile, called for quick confirmation of Kavanaugh. For this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti

Capitol Notes: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Vukmir Pledges Unabashed Support For Kavanaugh

Capitol Notes: Evers Goes Bold, Says He's Open To Raising 'Variety Of Taxes'

The candidates for governor traded more barbs last week. State School Superintendent and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers took the opportunity to criticize his opponent, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in his "state of education" address. Evers said Walker's education priorities are "out of whack" and that his policies are failing Wisconsin. Walker answered by launching an ad that warns voters Evers will increase taxes and take the state backward if he's elected. Evers responded by

Capitol Notes: Evers Goes Bold, Says He's Open To Raising 'Variety Of Taxes'

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